Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl Movie Review

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Great results raise expectations and when the result is as good as Band Baaja Baarat, one obviously expects fireworks from the Bitto-Shruti and director Manish Sharma's that is back with this week's release Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. Will they? Won't they? Let's explore...

Since it is impossible to judge LVRB own merit, when you have a fine piece of cinema in BBB as a yardstick, we would begin with the same. We agree with what Anushka Sharma said in an interview, LVRB is very different film than BBB by Manish Sharma. However, to say that it is as good as BBB will be an exaggeration as BBB was a celebration, while LVRB appears to be a rushed attempt of over-confidence.

Based on 2006 Hollywood hit, ‘John Tucker Must Die’ LVRB is being touted to be a romantic-comedy. However, unfortunately the film falls flat in both the genres. While comedy is limited to just Parineeti Chopra's appearance and a few scenes in the beginning, romance between Ranveer and Anushka is half cooked. One yearns for some fiery chemistry between the two. But unfortunately, even a bikini scene and a kiss fail to reignite the Bittoo-Shruti magic.

LVRB sets an impressive stage with the swift and eventful first half that takes you on the tour of the country and introduces all the characters. However, it is in the second half that Devika Bhagat and Habib Faisal screenplay loses pace, looks stretched and becomes predictable. At some places post interval just like the ladies who are wondering why conman isn’t reacting, even you wonder why the film isn’t moving. Despite writer’s efforts to maintain the curiosity with some twists, the result is not satisfactory.

Talking about performances, Ranveer Singh takes the cake with his charming performance. It’s a treat to watch him transform into a suave and stylish art gallery owner from a chalu gym instructor from Delhi or a seedha-saadha khandaani kaarigar from Bareilly. From his body language to performance – Ranveer has given a decent performance. Anushkha Sharma who hits the screen just before the interval has given a routine performance. Even an introductory song failed to add zing to her character, though she looked hot in the bikini shot. Out of the three ladies, it is Parineeti Chopra (Priyanka Chopra’s cousin), who is walking away with adulations. The girl is cute and plays a terrific Delhi wali. Dipanita Sharma is fair, while Aditi Sharma once again proves her potential after Mausam.

The story of a conman, who woos rich women, dupes them and vanishes even before they realize opens in Delhi with Sunny Singh (Ranveer Singh aka Ricky Bahl) carving designs on his first victim Dimple Chaddha - a loud and brandish Punjabi kudi. Soon the movie shifts to Mumbai and Sunny becomes Deven Shah, who gives a corporate fatka of Rs.90 lakhs to Raina Parulekar Dipannita Sharma. As birds of a feather flock together, Dimple gets in touch with Raina and soon they are joined by another victim of Ricky’s con mania – Saira Rashid (Aditi Sharma) from Lucknow, who know of him as Iqbal. And now begins the battle – Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. The three ladies venture out to tame the Bloody Kamina with the help of Ishita Desai – a sales girl, who is talented enough to sell a comb to a bald man. Will they succeed? What will happen between Ishita and Ricky…you’ll discover yourself.

Director Manish Sharma knows the art, but certain portions, show that he is still in BBB hangover. For instance, ‘partnership conversation’ and Anushkha’s stopping herself from falling in love at the end have a lot of BBB to it. He deserves a pat on the back for capturing the flavour of the three cities, in demeanor of the actors.

Dialogues range between dull, boring and repetitive at times, with Parineeti’s one-liners being saving grace like ye kiss badi kutti cheez hoti hai, kahin se bhi ghus jaai hai…as they bring the much-needed bouts of laughter here and there. Camerawork is good, especially the picturisation of song Aadat Se Majboor

Musically, the film is average, with Kya Karun O Ladies and Thug Le being the catchiest. Salim-Sulaiman and Amitabh Bhattacharya have fared better in the past. Surprisingly, despite having 7 tracks certain scenes in the film yearn for the presence of song but remain songless.

Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl is not even half as good as Band Baaja Baarat and a strictly one time watch only for Ranveer Singh’s fans.

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